The Good and the Bad After a 700 Mile Weekend - 2011 Honda Odyssey Long-Term Road Test

2011 Honda Odyssey Long Term Road Test

2011 Honda Odyssey: The Good and the Bad After a 700 Mile Weekend

August 08, 2011


Had to take the Odyssey on a long round trip this weekend. Not the most exciting vehicle to rack up the miles in, but like most minivans it's a great cruiser. Here's my list of hits and misses:

The Good:
- Solid power from the V6. Never has trouble keeping up with traffic even on the long uphill grades. Overdrive toggle switch is nice to have.
- Quiet at speed. Had no trouble listening to the satellite radio even at 80mph.
- Satellite radio. When you're in the middle of California's central valley, it's a life saver.

And the Bad:

- Suspension is too soft, even for a minivan. On some of the rougher parts of the Intersate, the Odyssey bounces and jitters too much. Feels sloppy.
- Likewise, the steering is a little too vague on center. Would prefer it to feel a little more locked in.
- The fact that the nav system works on the road is good. The fact that it's hard to get gas station icons to show up is not good. Probably an error on my part, but it seems like this should be something you don't have to read the manual to get working properly.
- Windshield washers shoot half the fluid right over the roof. Makes wipers less effective and annoys fellow motorists.

Ed Hellwig, Editor,

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